Lennon letter could have changed my life
A MUSICIAN who got a letter from John Lennon 34 YEARS after it was sent has revealed his regret at not getting it earlier.
The former Beatle wrote to Steve Tilston (above) after reading an interview with him in ZigZag music magazine, in which he said getting rich could compromise his artistic integrity.
Lennon told him that “being rich doesn’t change your experience in the way you think” and that “emotions and relationships are the same as anybody’s. I know, I’ve been rich and poor, so has Yoko. Whadya think of that?”
The story is the basis of the new film Danny Collins, starring Al Pacino as a former pop lothario who wants to change his life after belatedly receiving the letter.
Tilston, now 65 and a respected musician and songwriter, said: “What’s painful is that it’s a road not taken.
“All of us in our lives are faced with choices of ways to go. What I resented, but don’t any more, is that with this, I didn’t get the choice.”
Tilston received the letter in 2005 “out of the blue” from a US collector.
Everybody expected the Spanish Inquisition – they were legally obliged to give 30